After the titanic battle for a place in Sunday’s final between Argentine Juan Monaco and the Japanese player Kei Nishikori in the first match on court on Saturday at the Malaysian Open being played in Kuala Lumpur, which was won by Monaco, David Ferrer, the number five seed in this tournament and Julien Benneteau, the fifth ranked French player listed at number 37 on the ATP rankings, fought for over an hour and a half for an appearance in the final.
The Frenchman put on a very solid performace to upset Ferrer in straight sets 6-4 6-1.
The hyperactive Ferrer, a perennial runner after every ball and wonderful ball striker, broke in the first game and then held his own service before Benneteau held his own service game. Benneteau then broke back for 3-3 and held for 4-4; and after numerous deuces and advantage points for both players broke again for 5-4 and he then took the set 6-4. In the second set it was Benneteau who raced into a 2-0 lead which he built upon right up to 5-0. Even though the score line looked bleak for Ferrer and things were just not going his way, he continued to fight as he always does. At 0-5 down he served to stay in the match and took that game to love. Benneteau came out to serve for the match, but he double faulted on his first match point and only after numerous nail biting deuces and advantages for both men did he finally hit the winning ball in a final game which lasted more than ten minutes.